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the rams didn't. drop the. officials agree on the wording of the security parks which will give us troops left in afghanistan after twenty four scene immunity from prosecution but a council of elders in kabul still has to be convinced plus. the united states government subsidizing. the taliban al-qaeda network those groups that are trying to shoot and kill our soldiers. delegations the yards has handed millions of dollars to companies links to terrorism in afghanistan. also as the british government a woman's questions are a threat of extinction in some middle eastern countries she has to see where it investigates the impact of six terror and violence that. the
huge joy is the race to dominate this claims with unmanned drones of its own sparking fears of french unaccountable at times from about. hello and welcome to our t twenty four hour news live from moscow our top story now . washington has moved one step closer to securing immunity from prosecution for soldiers who are main in afghanistan beyond twenty fourteen secretary of state john kerry says the text of a security agreement has now been settled on it clears the way for thousands of american troops to stay on the ground and remain under u.s. legal jurisdiction today the document is being considered by the loya jirga a three thousand member council of afghan elders have come to kabul from all
corners of the nation the size of the remaining american contingent is also a sticking point that needs to be agreed on and daoud sultanzoy is a candidate in the upcoming afghan presidential election and he says the current government has not considered the will of the people i think the afghan president is trying to use this as a personal game the people of afghanistan. and of others who are involved in this country we're tired of or we're tired of bickering and we're also tired of. being playing politics with the lives of people of afghanistan on one hand the president wants to portray himself as a patriot on the other hand he's not able to even take care of corruption rule breaking the rule of law and good governance that's what the people are suffering from he's trying to distract the people of afghanistan from what he hasn't been able to do to for this country the issue of legal immunity for american troops has
long been sensitive for afghans in the face of some serious allegations against u.s. forces but when it comes to admitting mistakes in the decade long war washington says it won't even discuss an apology auntie's this account from the interviewed matthieu aikins the journalist who broke a story about claims of massive billion murder which have been denied by and the hurrican officials. the special forces team the green beret eighteen as they're called was deployed to an isolated valley west of kabul where the taliban and other insurgent groups have a very heavy presence and what happened was over last winter the locals are complaining that the special forces team and the translators were murdering people torturing them abducting them and disappearing them just extraordinary allegations that at the time were essentially unproven after the special forces team was forced out of the area by the afghan government bodies started showing up outside the base bodies that they said were the bodies of ten men who had been seen rounded up by
the americans and then were not able to be found either by the red cross or by the afghan government afterward so i essentially investigated these allegations assembled a huge body of testimony from locals from officials. to learn about two confidential u.n. and red cross investigations that corroborated the allegations that suggested that the special forces and their translators were indeed responsible for these men do you think that these incidents that you've uncovered and the greater pattern of abuses will somehow have a role to play in terms of what kind of position the united states forces will have after twenty four it's possible that the so-called zero option could take place in afghanistan as well though i think that in this case because there's no oil money to buffer the afghan government they probably realize that it would be a bad idea at least for the karzai regime or whatever its successor is to push out . the international forces. i want to hand the status of the let's see
official mission post two thousand and fourteen is still in doubt the there is no doubt that there is going to be a very active and continuing covert black presence in afghanistan and in the surrounding region led by the central intelligence agency in the joint special operations command pursuing the kind of global war on terror that we see taking place in yemen and somalia in north africa pakistan and many other countries. it's been reported that america has allegedly given aid worth more than one hundred fifty million dollars to companies in afghanistan that are suspected of links with terrorist organizations the revelations come from an investigator who was specifically appointed by the us congress. looks now at this story. the u.s. special inspector general for reconstruction found out that the pentagon has hired
forty three companies with suspected ties to terrorist networks the data come from the pentagon's own classified investigative reports and commerce department list of terror connected companies and now the list of these forty three companies including a road construction firm presumably owned by a leader of the connie network the network was blamed for an attack on the u.s. embassy in kabul that killed sixteen people two years ago the u.s. army has carried out a classified investigation and said there was evidence of a direct role of both the company and its owners quote in the facilitation and operation of the hakani network and that approximately. from one to two million dollars per month close to the network to finance its activities the inspector general said i've seen the information quote and it made my hair stand on and he said well not just his united states government subsidizing. the taliban al qaeda the kani network those groups that are trying to shoot and kill our
soldiers from these specter general members of congress have heard about billions of dollars simply wasted in of ghana's that now they have evidence suggesting that u.s. taxpayer money goes to finance terrorists or suspected terrorists the same networks that the u.s. is fighting despite these findings the pentagon has resisted permanently blocking the companies from getting more u.s. contracts because his lawyers say they cannot use the evidence against these companies because the evidence is classified especially specter general for afghanistan reconstruction pointed out what he called the absurdity of it he said we can probably attack them via drone on monday and will issue them a contract on tuesday in washington i'm going to check out our team. coming up later this hour dealing with the debt the ever rising cost of the. moving in the u.k. results in sawing pastoral debt with millions of families and able to find enough
money to pay for their home. western officials are alarmed at the plight of christians in the middle east where they're increasingly becoming targets of sick tyrion violence returns face minister says the turbulent region is now seeing an exodus of biblical proportions with christians under threat of becoming extinct in some countries his point to syria. for many christians in the middle east the arab spring has been wintry at best the international society for human life says that for an answer if we five acts of religious discrimination in the world today are perpetrated and carried out against christians nowhere is this more acutely felt than in the middle east and north africa if you look at syria for example with him the state of the total population is christian a third of them have already fled from the civil war that started two years ago and that number continues to grow after the murder of father but serious nasser last
year two thousand and twelve the threats and the persecution of christians escalated so much so that many today say the night me facing the questions of syria is the same night me that the questions of the world have been living under since the invasion in two thousand and three the soul of a woman oh yeah and i believe it is all systematic and plan foreseen christians to leave in iraq for instance less than two hundred thousand christians remain we do have concerns we do hope we can stick to our land syria which is the cradle of christianity we also hope that the pope and heads of christian denominations shall call for denouncing violence and a dog in dialogue in august of this year the christian town of mahmoudiya outside of damascus was attacked by rebels tens of soldiers were killed. many residents fled it's still not clear how many of them have not returned to the village and
where in syria they have been displaced earlier i visited the town of holmes where the syrian soldiers took me to the frontline and showed me the damage the rebels had carried out against a local church one hundred this is the church unfortunately it was not like that before look at this destruction in mass from here the explosions were coming down on people praying of course people started crying out for help from us but he was released was right here and they were captured here in the church elsewhere in egypt to the muslim brotherhood supporters have blamed christians for the army's own story of the president mohamed morsy more than eight hundred christian sites were attacked and some fifty two churches razed to the ground one in iraq after the american invasion back in two thousand and three half of the iraqi christian population lived for other middle eastern countries and americans think tank the pew forum says that christians face a restaurant and oppression in one hundred and fifty nine countries this is nearly
three quarters of all the countries on the face of be a point to see on t.v. television. america's unmanned drones are notorious for their deadly operations and flashpoints around the globe and now the european union also wants a slice of the sky despite criticism that the use of drones lacks accountability leaving a u. members have signed to deal to co-produce their own anyway asked based on one of our reports. well the group has been dubbed drone club and their intention is to develop a new generation of unmanned aircraft over the next ten years now the reason that they're doing it this is that they believe they're being left behind when it comes to drone technology by countries like the united states and israel and currently both britain and france do operate drones they use the american built to report drone interesting lee enough though germany has said that they are opposed to the
use of any kind of weaponized drones and the european defense agency has being quick to point out the known weaponized years is for drone technology however the use of drones particularly by the united states in countries like pakistan and yemen and the widespread civilian casualties that are being caused well that's left drone technology as a very emotive issue and here in germany and see war activists on top be about the decision to develop them here very very concerned i think that the very nice phrasing that they've tried to say that sets for to control human trafficking over that mediterranean airspace and so forth for surveillance purposes i don't see them necessarily helping migrants coming from africa from latitudes it didn't help just to save any of those people so there is no control about these things they can say is being used for humanitarian purposes but actually they could be used for lethal purposes well this comes after a recent u.n.
report that was somewhat damning of drone technology in fact referred to them as being a danger to global security and that by using these type of weapons it encouraged more nations to try and acquire them. two more british greenpeace activists among others have been granted bail by a court in st petersburg trying to five people have been let out since monday after paying roughly sixty thousand dollars one was refused place trying to scale a russian oil platform in september respond and. still all of them are being accused of hooliganism because this whole scandal the whole incident happened. when this group of greenpeace activists which eventually became known as the arctic thirty they approached a russian oil platform in the north a small group of them a van came even closer to the platform on a rubber boat right scaling it all of them were arrested brought to the mainland
first to movements to then delivered to st petersburg accused of piracy of thirst first then these charges were reduced to hooliganism but the penalty for that could still be up to seven years behind bars if they are found guilty greenpeace itself has been strongly criticizing russian officials for these accusations saying that it was a peaceful act of protest and the incident also caused a huge scandal in the relations between russia and the netherlands since the arctic sunrise the vessel which is involved. so they are actually already suing russia at the international maritime tribunals this is just yet another day more hearings concerning possible release on bail. now the rest of today's top headlines in just a moment after the break. speak
the arabic to find out more visit arabic t.v. dot com. hello again this is r.c. welcome back ukraine is parliament has rejected a bill that would have allowed jailed for prime minister yulia tymoshenko to receive medical treatment abroad she is serving a seven year sentence for abuse of power links to deal signed with russia back in two thousand and nine and has a quest a treatment for chronic back pain the e.u. has been demanding ukraine soften it starts to balls to me as a key condition in this signing of an association agreement leading to closer integration with the europe another major point of discussion was and has been an interest of curacy moscow has made it clear it will stop providing cheap gas if kiev sayas a deal with the e.u. and that's led to
a crane to explore other ways of achieving energy independence as not easily exceed a show of scale reports. it's unclear yet whether ukraine will be signing the much desired free trade agreement with the european union it's still being decided but it's already and it's a solid fact it's already let in the western oil and gas companies into its market to extract potentially the biggest of shale gas in the whole of europe the companies like chevron exxon mobil and royal dutch shell and ukraine certainly for ukraine this is certainly a blessing because it's been long looking for energy independence from the gas imports from russia it's been long unhappy with the prices it's been paying for the russian gas imports and as once the energy minister of the country told me the reserves would make ukraine not only resolving its domestic issues but as well turning it into a exporting country so keen the government is rushing this extraction that it disregards largely disregards concerns voiced by many colleges in the country have been saying that the fracking and extraction of shale gas would lead to ecological
catastrophe in the east of ukraine a very densely populated areas and what's interesting here that ecologist have told me on many occasions that we're just voicing these concerns they are being labeled by the state media as agents of gas problem let's listen to one of the callers just one told me about potential risks of fracking in ukraine to a board we could you'll go to usually add different chemicals to distract more gas from the rocks and so the underground system which provides for any drinking water is completely destroyed because water is a strategic ecological resource so when we say the area becomes practically normal viable it's basically the same situation happens in romania was also looking to extract its shale gas reserves and we've also seen protests there so it is a very tricky situation but experts are saying that even if extraction of shale gas begins in ukraine that would not happen until the twenty year twenty. so fracking
is offering governments around the world access to potentially boston mounds of energy resources let's now take a closer look at fracking the method involves breaking up rock at least one kilometer below ground opponents say they could be grave environmental consequences warning the use of explosives and chemical contaminates water supplies and pollutes the ground and air and san francisco based climate complained directional rose broz believes the fracking industry is wasting its time in pushing this new technology fracking has been associated with air pollution water contamination water depletion earthquakes and of course climate change you know across the u.s. and internationally these threats are just being quieted by oil and gas companies reaching often confidential settlements with people who are desperate to get some compensation for the damages they've suffered oil and gas companies have spent
billions of dollars really selling. you know a story about how fracking is safe and the reality is quite different. and a call for you right now a diplomatic spot involve the other two thirds of all nations a group of one hundred thirty three countries abandons a major u.n. conference on climate change right in the middle of the session had in line to find out why. apple is plunged into a legal battle after trying to register the brand name in russia especially one of the country's oldest political parties there are more details on our website. right to see. her story. and i think the true. on our reporters would.
be among. people in britain bearing themselves in loans and credit to meet the high cost of living the level of personal debt in the country is close to an all time high and as always laura smith reports millions of families risk losing their homes to make ends meet. heroine london's main shopping dried christmas has already begun with all the exhausting spending that entails but millions of households across britain will be entering the festive season already saddled with unmanageable debts a new report says personal debt has hit one point four trillion pounds as the rising cost of living forces people to borrow to make ends meet debts they
ultimately wouldn't be able to repay that one point four trillion is an average of fifty four thousand pounds per household that's almost double what it was ten years ago and almost as much as the country's entire economic output that figure includes mortgages secured debts but the report warns that owns secured debt has also tripled in the last twenty years britain's fifty five point six billion pounds on their credit cards alone treble what it was fifteen years ago all that says the report has a how ruing effect on people and their relationships so i start change that chart he sees about half a million people a year in that room so relationships can really kind of pressure pressure on their family life and on the stigma associated with that just makes it really hard for people to deal with their problems and they're about to feel the pinch even more despite historically low interest rates britons have failed to pay off as much debt
as their american counterparts and when interest rates rises the bank of england has promised they will as unemployment fulls mortgage payments will go up to potentially putting thousands of families out onto the street. in geneva is day two of talks on iran's nuclear program with all sides expressing confidence a breakthrough is possible as israel's prime minister benjamin netanyahu flew into mall square on a last ditch effort to get russia's president to toughen the terms of the proposed deal agreement being discussed that would reportedly create a six month diplomatic window for terror ran before a final pass can be negotiated during this time the country must freeze part of its atomic program in return for a limited relief from sanctions but israel's things the deal will just buy time for terror run to make a bomb and threatening a military strike against the islamic republic which shocks the one israeli
journalist who believes netanyahu is efforts to prevent agreement on slightly to why. of all indications at deal is in the making of course it could always fall through if one of the players insists on some minor point but the general direction is towards an agreement towards. reconciliation and many in the israeli public think it's a very good development contrary to what. would make it appear. and of course will be keeping you updated on the second day of talks in geneva but if you want to learn more about negotiations with iran just head to our website r.t. dot com. and some more news so across the globe this hour a suspected american drone strike in northwest pakistan has killed at least five
people police say the unmanned aircraft fired at least three rockets at an islamic cemetery killing teachers and students burning their borders beyond recognition three of the militants who are reportedly also among the dead in a separate incident two policemen under civilian have been killed by an explosion in southwestern pakistan after a bomb rakes to a bicycle went off near a group of people it's not clear who's behind that. hundreds of protesters in a cell a three smoke bombs at police who responded with tear gas and a brute force scuffles broke out on a square in central rome where people had gathered to protest against a high speed rail link between a celeb in france the parlance of the project all good it's a waste of money and would have been warm and the rani was time to coincide with a meeting between the time prime minister and french president her ride in rome to discuss the plan. plax job in march and looks at the
so-called drone club established by a number of europeans stayed eager to build out there on monday penetrate also. the growing interest. in the show we learned about its technology keeping the moscow metro rolling remodelling inserted into next meet weighs in the oil industry and the dream team of robots to places too dangerous for humans. to meet in for the latest news and innovation is here on set not only update. we've got the future avar. if you. got no opportunity.
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payment system which they can chalk up. to. the the. it's going on over on i'm abby martin and this is breaking the set and the course technically over looks like a new kind of arms race is alive and well so european leaders have just announced they're forming a drone club decision upand decades in the making in france germany and several other nations are pouring money into a new generation of armed drones to rival those used by the u.s. and israel looks like all of america's unmanned kills are leading to a bad case of drone and b. but it's not just europe that has set its sights on these deadly robots for the last few years iran has been working on its own drunk fleet this week the islamic republic on the veil that's the largest armed. aerial vehicles to date capable of striking targets almost anywhere in the middle east in fact you avi's are so
popular now seventy six countries possess them according to government accountability office one can only hope our world leaders are taking into account the alarming inefficiency and deadly outcome of these drone wars because if they don't we'll find out the true danger of a global drone raise. the key look at the teams they are looking very hard to take the target to. the one that he ever had sex with the target they're looking. for the police. in. the city.